A man was arrested on multiple charges within a month after he impersonated a health inspector at a Subway and Taco Bell in Las Vegas on July 3, 2022, police said.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

A man posing as a health inspector has been arrested more than a month after he tricked workers into opening safes at two Las Vegas fast-food restaurants, police said.

A man in his 20s was arrested Monday, Aug. 8, following the July 3 incidents at Subway and Taco Bell, Las Vegas police said in a probable cause statement.

He first stopped by the Taco Bell around 8:20 p.m. and told workers he was a Nevada health inspector, police said. He showed his badge, and the manager let him into the store.

After taking the temperature of the food, he asked to inspect the safe for rust, police said. He then ordered the manager to put the money in a bag so he could get a better look at the safe.

He tried to flee with a safe containing $975 in cash, but the manager ran after him and grabbed him, police said.

While police were at Taco Bell, they received another report of a robbery at Subway.

The man again pretended to be a subway sanitary inspector, the police said. The worker told police he asked to check the safe.

He put the money in a bag of cookies and left with $240, police said.

He was arrested on charges of burglary and impersonating a government official after police released the photos asking for help identifying him.

Helena Wegner is McClatchy’s real-time national reporter covering Washington state and the western region. She graduated from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication with a degree in journalism. She is in Phoenix.

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